Living For We

Living For We

In 2020, cityLAB of Pittsburgh released a study that ranked Cleveland dead last in terms of livability for Black women. On Living For We, we talk to Cleveland's Black women about their experiences at work, at school, in the doctor's office, and in community with each other in an attempt to answer the question... is Cleveland really as bad as they say it is for Black women?

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E6: Medical Misogynoir Pt. 1

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When their lives are placed into the hands of white doctors and nurses, Black women’s basic needs can quickly evolve into life-threatening ordeals...
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E5: It Starts With Us: Workplace Pt. 2

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Black women don’t want to fight for basic respect in the workplace. When do they walk away from a “great opportunity” in a white space?...
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E4: Reaching New Heights: Workplace Pt. 1

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For Black women, the climb to the top is often filled with impossibly high standards, blatant disrespect, and jealousy from those both outside and...
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E3: Young Black Queens

Living For We | S:2 E:3
The powerful girls of the QueenIAM program, run by 27-year-old founder and mother Dameyonna Willis, tell us all about their big dreams and hopes f...
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Ideastream Public Media Celebrates Launch of "Living for We"

The podcast pulls inspiration from Project Noir, a report created by Bethany Studenic and Chinenye Nkemere of Enlightened Solutions.... read more

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About Ideastream Public Media

Ideastream Public Media serves the people of Northeast Ohio as a trustworthy and dynamic multimedia source for illuminating the world around us. Ideastream Public Media is the home of five public television stations (WVIZ, WVIZ OHIO, WVIZ WORLD, WVIZ CREATE, and WVIZ KIDS); WKSU, Northeast Ohio’s NPR news and public affairs radio station; and WCLV, Northeast Ohio’s classical music radio station. Ideastream Public Media programs and services are used by 3.6 million people in a typical month, across a 22-county service area. Ideastream Public Media produces the award-winning children’s series “NewsDepth” and manages The Ohio Channel and the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau on behalf of all Ohio’s public broadcasting stations. Ideastream Public Media is indispensable and highly valued for its unique ability to strengthen our community.

For more information about Ideastream Public Media’s rich legacy of innovation and credible content, visit

Enlightened Solutions

About Enlightened Solutions

Enlightened Solutions is the 501(c)(3) social enterprise and social advocacy think tank behind Project Noir, one of the foundational sources of research that inspired Living For We. They complete independent research, support marginalized individuals navigating complete systems, and create strategies to help both nonprofit and corporate spheres create inclusive organizations. They embrace pain-points and focus on holistic, collaborative problem solving tactics that empower their clients and communities they serve. Their proprietary research efforts ensure that clients receive the most current, relevant context and strategy. This hybrid model ensures authentic community-focused communication pipelines, resilient literacy, and the ability to make informed decisions.

The Team

Marlene Harris-Taylor

Host + Executive Producer
Marlene Harris-Taylor is director of engaged journalism which includes managing Ideastream Public Media's health team and the “Living for We" podcast, part of the Connecting the Dots between Race and Health project.

Hey Fran Hey

Creative Director + Producer
Hey Fran Hey is a director, content creator, and podcast producer and host best known for her work on The Loud Speakers Network’s The Friend Zone and HBO’s InsecuriTEA: The Insecure Aftershow

Chinenye Nkemere

Researcher + Contributor
ChiChi is co-founder and Director of Strategy for Enlightened Solutions, the organization behind Project Noir.

Bethany Studenic

Researcher + Contributor
Bethany is co-founder and Managing Director for Enlightened Solutions, the organization behind Project Noir.

Hannah Rae Leach

Senior Producer
Hannah is a podcast producer, host, writer, and musician with an appreciation for all things pink.

Afi Scruggs

Afi is a Cleveland-based composer, journalist, and author.

Sean Rule Hoffman

Mix Engineer
Sean Rule Hoffman (mix engineer), hailing from Orange, Ohio, earned a degree in Music Technology with a minor in Electronic Media and Film from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.